How about some ROCKIN’ FUN for Friday?! On my Best of 2012 list, I had tied the two very different musicals Les Misérables and Rock of Ages, giving both an 8/10. Despite the title, this is not a voyage through the history of rock and roll. This is all about 80’s rock. Wikipedia:
The film stars country singer Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta leading an ensemble cast that includes Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Åkerman, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, and Tom Cruise. The film features the music of several 1980s rock artists including Def Leppard, Journey, Scorpions, Poison, Foreigner, Guns N’ Roses, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, David Lee Roth, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake, and others.
If that sounds like your cup of tea, go for it — you won’t be disappointed. With good singing performances all around and a sustaining storyline, Rock of Ages is pure fun with just the right amount of camp. And you can’t help but love Julianne Hough.
I’ve read a little of the negative press on this film, and disagree. I think you have to take this movie for what it is. If you do, it will exceed your expectations and you’ll have a good time. Just make sure you do the music justice, and set your sound system on MAXX!